East Midlands Climate Change Report
A report on The Potential Impacts of Climate Change in the East Midlands was presented to a conference in Derby in July 2000.
It predicts temperatures increasing throughout the next century, and sea level rises. Rainfall will probably increase in winters but reduce in summers. Evaporation will increase, particularly in autumn.
This will cause more water shortages and droughts. There will be more flooding along the coast and in river valleys.
The report also highlights a number of opportunities. In particular, we should be developing technologies for renewable energy and energy efficiency to help reduce the production of greenhouse gases.
The report was produced by Entec for the East Midlands Sustainable Development Roundtable, which is supported by FOE.
Copies are available from Dr Brian Waters, Environment Agency, 550 Streetsbrook Road, Solihull B91 1QT (0121 711 5802; firstname.lastname@example.org).
A national conference on Climate Change was held in Nottingham in October 2000. A declaration from the conference has been supported by the Government and by a number of local authorities. (See Green Partnership website.)
We can expect to see:
damage to buildings through subsidence as soils dry out
damage to wildlife habitats
most of the peat bogs in the Peak District could be lost
poorer working conditions due to heat in summer
farmers needing to change the crops they grow
These are the changes which could result from the 2 to 3°C rise in temperature already built in. If we don’t take action to reduce future impacts, the rise could be 5 to 10°C by the end of the century, with much more serious results.